BUSINESS owners say their once-vibrant area is plagued by pigeons, parking issues, sex workers and drug dealers – but their pleas for help are falling on deaf ears.
Bristol is famed for its historical landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and its arts and culture, particularly political street artist Banksy.
But on one of the main routes into the city, the A432, a small commercial area is struggling with a string of issues threatening to kill off their high street.
In Eastville, on the Fishponds Road, sits a row of shops including three butchers, grocery shops, an off-licence and take-aways which cater for the local community.
Name any of the plethora of local issues and it seems the people on this small stretch in BS5 are suffering.
Businessman Abdul Malik, 50, owns Pakeeza Butchers, one of six businesses he runs in Bristol and Cardiff.
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He is also chairman at the local mosque and a serving magistrate.
“A lot of the traders have been here over a decade, some two decades. This is the main artery into Bristol," he says.
“Anywhere else this kind of community would be celebrated. It needs nice signs, nice shops fronts, banners, clean streets and parking.
“It’s sad that it’s turned into this place where there’s a lot of pigeons roosting and making mess. There’s no parking for our customers and there should be more support, especially at a time when things are financially difficult.
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